Chicken and Chips – weaving together animation, puppet scenes, music videos, interviews and performances – was launched in Kampala on Sunday on NTV.
The youth edutainment series Chicken and Chips premiered its 16-episode first season. It focuses on relationships and combines music, journalism, puppetry and animation to create a fresh blend of purely Ugandan edutainment.
Chicken and Chips is hosted by a female puppet in the Ugandan studio. The character has been created by Muppet Show veteran puppeteers in New York and is voiced by Ugandan celebrity comedian Tindi, known from Fun Factory and KFM radio. It is a half hour show every Sunday at 1:30pm.
“Chicken and Chips tackles evergreen topics like love and relationships in a fresh way. It is produced locally on international quality,” explained the show’s producers at Media Innovation Lab.
The show begins with Katwe Corner, an unscripted live discussion in Kampala about relationships and social issues that is acted out with puppets.
Chicken and Chips also includes Pop-up Video, in which trivia, humour and useful factoids “pop up” in your favourite Ugandan hit videos. Episode one featured music videos by H.E. Bobi Wine and Dr. Jose Chameleon.
Talk on the Town is another amusing dish, when people in the streets answer imaginative questions that reveal their love life secrets.
“Katwe Corner segments use audio recorded during real life discussions held in Kampala. This audio is then puppeted (performed) by artists of Nafasi Art Space in Dar es Salaam. Although the show includes many uniquely Ugandan references, we hope for it to appeal to young people across the region,” said the show’s producer.
“The topic that is at heart of Chicken and Chips, relationships, is relevant to everyone no matter the nationality, ethnicity, religion, etc. We promise to keep the content valuable and entertaining. So, stay tuned!”